ENG 101 Choosing a Topic

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ENG 101 Choosing a Topic

  1. 1. ENG 102Session 1:Introduction <br />Danielle Carlock<br />
  2. 2. TODAY’S OBJECTIVES<br /><ul><li>By the end of today’s session you will be able to:
  3. 3. Utilize the various services & materials available in the library
  4. 4. Consult background sources to help in choosing & refining a topic </li></li></ul><li>Announcing theScottsdale Community College LibraryResearch Award<br />Prizes for the best research paper/project by a current SCC student:<br />1st place $300<br />2nd place $200<br />3rd place $100<br />Submissions can be from courses taken during Summer 09, Fall 09, and Spring 10. Submission forms will be available starting October 21st. Submissions are due by 4:00 p.m. on April 26, 2010. More information including information about past winners is available at: http://library.scottsdalecc.edu/researchaward<br />
  5. 5. Feelings about library research<br />On your note card write down one word that describes how your last experience using the library was.<br />Then write why you feel that way.<br />Write one question you have about the library.<br />Don’t put your name on the card. Pass them in.<br />
  6. 6. Get ready to Click<br />Some slides will give you a chance to answer a question with your ResponseCard (“clicker”)<br />Use only buttons 1/A through 0/J<br />Press a button once; the display on your clicker will show your choice<br />You can press a different button to change your answer as long as “polling: open” is displayed<br />
  7. 7. Is this your first semester at SCC?<br />Yes<br />No<br />
  8. 8. Have you ever had a library instruction session here or somewhere else? <br />Yes<br />No<br />
  9. 9. Which of the following services does the library NOT provide?<br />Printing & copying<br />Wireless internet<br />Research assistance<br />Tutoring<br />Laptop checkouts<br />Group study rooms<br />
  10. 10. Which of the following does the library NOT provide access to? <br />All textbooks<br />Electronic books<br />Online journal articles<br />Movies<br />
  11. 11. If you need research help from a librarian you can<br />Call the library<br />Use chat<br />Come to the reference desk<br />Any of the above <br />
  12. 12. In a college library, how are books arranged on the shelf?<br />Alphabetically by author name<br />Alphabetically by title<br />By subject<br />By size<br />
  13. 13. Which tool is used to find books a library owns?<br />Google<br />Periodical database<br />Catalog<br />None of the above<br />
  14. 14. TOPIC SELECTION<br />Choose a topic you are truly interested in! (within the parameters of the assignment)<br />Make sure you are neither<br />Too broad<br />Too narrow<br />
  15. 15. Topic: Nuclear power. Is it…<br />Too broad<br />Too narrow<br />Just right<br />
  16. 16. Topic: The use of tasers by police to apprehend suspects. Is it…<br />Too broad<br />Too narrow<br />Just right<br />
  17. 17. Topic: What is the effect of cigarette advertising on anorexic teenage girls? Is it..<br />Too broad<br />Too narrow<br />Just right<br />
  18. 18. STRATEGIES FOR CHOOSING A TOPIC<br />Brainstorm about what interests you<br />Get ideas for topics from:<br />CQ Researcher & Opposing Viewpoints<br />Specialized encyclopedias<br />Reputable websites<br />
  19. 19. CQ RESEARCHER & OPPOSING VIEWPOINTS<br />CQ Researcher-comprehensive, balanced reports on a variety of controversial or current topics/issues<br />Opposing Viewpoints-articles & essays on a variety of controversial or current topics<br />Use both to get ideas for topics<br />
  20. 20. Off Campus Login<br />
  21. 21. SPECIALIZED ENCYCLOPEDIAS<br />Good place to start if you don’t know very much about a topic.<br />http://tinyurl.com/ydueqo7<br />
  22. 22. REPUTABLE WEBSITES<br />What makes a website reputable or trusthworthy?<br />
  23. 23. EVALUATING WEBSITES<br />
  24. 24. IS WIKIPEDIA REPUTABLE?<br />
  25. 25. ADVANCED GOOGLE SEARCHING<br />
  26. 26. OTHER RESOURCES FOR TOPIC SELECTION<br />http://library.weber.edu/ref/guides/howto/topicselection.cfm<br />http://www.pcc.edu/library/research/how_select_topic.html<br />http://www.stonybrook.edu/library/tutorial/mod1/index.shtml<br />

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